The Broome County Sheriff's Office, Binghamton Police Bureau and New York State Police at Kirkwood have partnered in an effort to equip patrol cars with mobile license-plate readers, which will sound an alarm when a violation is detected from among more than 400,000 license plates in a computer database.

Three cars -- one for each agency -- are equipped with the units. The two digital-imaging cameras, the size of footballs, are mounted on the roof and connected to interior laptop computers containing all licensing data available from the state Department of Motor Vehicles and any additional vehicular information local officials wish to input.